Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA) - Section contents
The Leaders in Communities Award (LiCA) encourages and recognises your participation in volunteering and extra-curricular activities, both on and off campus. Once you’ve completed the Award, it will be listed on your University transcript.
About the Award
The Leaders in Communities Award is designed to help you:
- Make the most of your volunteering activities
- Develop your professional skills
- Get your extracurricular experiences recognised on your transcript
You can start the LiCA at any time during your degree. You can also include activities that you’ve undertaken in the 24 months prior to formally starting the Award (provided it is post-secondary school).
There are three components required to complete the LiCA:
Volunteer with one or a number of not-for-profit or community organisations for at least 40 hours over the course of your degree.
Examples of Volunteer Ventures activities include:
- volunteer tutoring
- organising charity events
- volunteering with disability support organisations
- participating in environmental conservation programs
- volunteering with animal welfare groups.
Volunteer activities that promote political parties or religious organisations, support individuals or organisations without a community focus, present potential hazards to the environment or to human health and safety, denigrate, exclude or offend, or encourage gambling or substance abuse will not be accepted towards the Award.
Once you have completed your activities, log your hours online and write a 200 word reflective report to demonstrate your experiences and the skills you have developed.
"My volunteering experiences taught me the importance of persistence, patience, and motivation. They highlighted how important it is to stay positive and put effort into your endeavours in order to make them meaningful and get the most out of them. Such attributes are applicable in everyday life, whether it means working hard to understand a difficult topic in a course, or staying positive throughout a job application process." Stephanie Stylli, Bachelor of Science
Participate within the University community with a student club or another student-led initiative for at least 20 hours over the course of your degree.
Examples of Uni Action activities include:
- Being on the executive of a club or society
- Being an active member of a student-led group
- Starting your own not-for-profit group/organisation on campus
- Being an Open Day volunteer or Orientation Host
Once you have completed your activities, log your hours online and write your 200 word reflective report to demonstrate your experiences and the skills you have developed.
"I highly recommend taking part in as many activities as possible during university and getting involved in a variety of communities all over campus. Being involved with the Italian club provided me with new friendships, a leadership role and also served an educational purpose. Being on the club’s committee was especially beneficial in terms of developing organisational skills." Aidan Carter, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Diploma of Languages
Attend four sessions over the course of your degree run by the University or externally which help you to develop your professional and leadership skills.
Examples of activities for this component include:
- Workshops run by Careers or Academic Skills
- Leadership forums or workshops run by your faculty or school
- Conferences, summits, workshops or seminars run by other organisations
Once you have completed your activities and logged your hours, write your 200 word reflective report to demonstrate your experiences and the skills you have developed.
"The skills I have learned will be of great use for when I start working after graduation. I am pretty confident that delivering presentations and developing story-boards will be a routine part of my consulting career. Furthermore, being culturally conscious and an effective leader will help me drive my career towards success and set me apart from my peers." Srikanth Srinivasan, Master of Information Systems
Get your LiCA
Step 1: Register
Log on to Careers Online and complete the Leaders in Communities registration form.
Step 2: Record
Once you have completed each activity, you will need to log your hours and complete the reflective reports for each section. This will be read by the LiCA team to verify your hours so you can move through the Award.
Step 3: Submit
Once you have submitted all of your records and reports, we’ll review them for you. When you graduate, you will be granted your Leaders in Communities Award.
You can complete the Award anytime during your enrolment as a University of Melbourne student. This also means that if you transfer to another degree or start graduate study, you can still complete the Award.
In order to get the Award recognised on your transcript, you will need to complete all hours and reflective reports for all three components by the last day of the exam period of your final semester. Check the University’s examination dates.
If you run out of time the Award will not appear on your transcript. However, you will still gain valuable experience and skills from what you have completed.
After each component, you will complete a 200 word reflective report. The report is an opportunity to reflect on what you have gained from your experiences, the contribution you have made and the skills you have developed; this is good preparation for talking about your skills and experience in a job interview. The Developing my skills section of the Careers website can assist you with considering your skills, or attend a Student Connect appointment for support with completing your reflective report.
Volunteer Ventures is about contributing to the wider (non-University) community. Uni Action is about getting involved with your University community; this might be through extra-curricular activities or by volunteering on campus.
You can submit activities you’ve undertaken in the 24 months prior to registering for the award, for any of the three components, providing they are post-secondary school.
There is no order in which you are required to complete the Award. You can complete the three components of the Award simultaneously or one after another.
Tell the World workshops
Tell the World workshops are offered to LiCA participants every semester. This workshop assists LiCA students to reflect on and articulate their professional skills, learnings and contribution for future employment.
Students at any stage of their LiCA experience can attend, however it is most useful for students who have already undertaken some volunteering (on or off campus).
National Student Volunteer Week: Be the Change (12-18 August)
We’re celebrating National Student Volunteer Week as part of Employability Week. Join us to get inspired by the achievements of student volunteers, learn ways to get involved, and how volunteering can improve your employability. Remember, attending NSVW sessions counts towards the Leaders in Communities Award!